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If you like the Labs "Soft Piano", you're going to love this hand-crafted German piano played with the 'Celeste' pedal engaged by a living jazz legend and Mercury Music Prize nominee.
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
• ONE OF THE FINEST PLAYERS IN LONDON
• A PRISTINE INSTRUMENT "NATURALLY TUNED"
• PERFORMING WITH LIFE AND CHARACTER
• RECORDED IN DRY, ACOUSTICALLY SOUND SPACE
• PRODUCED BY AWARD WINNING COMPOSERS
• VIA THE FINEST VALVE AND RIBBON MICS
• VIA NEVE PRE-AMPS
• INTO CRANESONG A/D CONVERTERS
• 96K 24BIT DIGITAL.
• OVER 9GB OF DATA FROM 10,000S OF SAMPLES
• NUMEROUS ROUND ROBINS & DYNAMIC LAYERS
• RESONANT PEDAL DOWN SAMPLES
• NUMEROUS MIXABLE MIC PERSPECTIVES
• INTUITIVE FRONT END GUI
• PLAYS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
• SONICALLY FITS WITH OTHER SPITFIRE PRODUCTS
• INSTANT INSPIRATION.
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.

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VIDEO WALKTHROUGHS & TUTORIALS


BACKGROUND

There's just something about that practice pedal. It draws you up the very inner workings of the piano itself, quiet and hard to play, but for drama and soft intimate ballads you'd be hard pressed to find something more beautiful.
SPITFIRE PRESENTS THE FELT PIANO!
Why be a jack of all trades when you can be a master of one? It is this sentiment and reason why we have searched high and low for the most sensitive, beautiful, sonorous, and honest piano sound. Perfect for those delicate ballads (think "Mad World" by Gary Jules) that intimate heart rendering cue (think Newman's "American Beauty"). When carrying out sampling experiments some years ago we discovered the very beautiful world of an upright piano with a middle "practice felt" or "celeste" pedal engaged. Whilst being hard to get a decent sound out of (strange to play a piano loudly and have a muted soft sound come out), when it rang, boy did it produce the most beautifully unsophisticated but gentle and touching sound. This became our "soft piano" available in return for a small donation to Unicef as part of our Labs range. Which we have received many plaudits for. Christian Henson, on putting this library through it's paces for some years now went on a quest to find the perfect "celeste" pedal piano he could find. His quest ended at Peregrines pianos on the Grays Inn Road in London. Purveyors of fine hand made uprights and grands.
Spitfire built a room around this new piano in our HQ in Kings Cross a perfect environment to record instruments for our "Producer Portfolio" range - dedicated to providing producers, song writers and composers with raw untreated instruments in a neutral space to make their own. This piano has been performed by Mercury Award nominee Gwilym Simcock and has been recorded Joe Rubel and the Spitfire team with a number of rarefied microphones in a number of perspectives via neve pre-amps and Cranesong AD converters at 96k. From the almost vintage sound of a mono sound board mic to a beautiful natural surround perspective of the room itself. Most celeste pedals allow for only one dynamic layer but this piano is more responsive than others so not only did we record several round robins, we recorded 2 dynamic layers, release triggers and round robin pedal damping and releasing.
Spitfire is a collective of award winning composers and technologists. We don't just record and build samples we go further than that. We produce with great pride every single note, ushering the best out of the musician and curate each product with a set of articulations, sounds and performances that we know will give you the definitive take of this wonderful anthology. We engage our specialists not only as performers, but as technical advisers to give us a consensus based on experience of what most composers want out of them, what DEFINES the instrument.

FEATURES

Part of the Producer Portfolio which answers repeated requests for drier sounding more manipulatable samples, for more non-orchestral material, and for libraries that are affordable to all. Recorded by the Spitfire team in a number of smaller but excellent London studios, including the new Spitfire HQ in King’s Cross and their old favourite, the classic vintage studio Air-Edel in Marylebone. With a useful selection of classic/ vintage, modern, broad and room microphones, the Producer Portfolio features the talents of legendary musicians, producers, composers and programmers. With Spitfire’s existing orchestral and definitive ranges, we’re very proud of the “impression” that the hall at Air studios gives, but it’s not right for every application. With this new range, we have recorded in smaller spaces, close, mid range and room perspectives with carefully positioned, fine, ‘A class’ mics and pres to give you the raw materials you need to make these sounds your own.

GUI

We like instruments that just open and play. So we have worked for many years to create a simple to use and uniform GUI so you learn one, you learn them all. With improvements being made constantly we frequently update the whole range to maintain uniformity in our interfaces across our entire range.

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GENERAL CONTROLS PANEL
A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

PATCHES

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
• 2 DYNAMIC LAYERS (PP & P)
• RESONANT SUSTAIN PEDAL SAMPLES
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• NUMEROUS ROUND ROBINS
• ISOLATED SUS PEDAL NOISES
MICROPHONES
VARIOUS MICS INCLUDING
CLOSE
CLOSE RIBBON
OVERHEAD
ROOM PERSPECTIVE
ESOTERIC

Specifications

Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
MAC:
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
FOOTPRINT:
10.0 GB in download product from 21.0 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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A selection of review quotes from other Spitfire products


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D. Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine.
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Music Tech Magazine.
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D. Stewart Sound On Sound.
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Future Music

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